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Posted: Jan 10, 2019
Categories: Debit Cards, EMV, Consulting
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Author: Lou Grilli

The Fed released its latest update on debit card interchange, and it showed very subtle but very telling trends for financial institutions with less than $10 billion in assets – a category called “exempt”, which includes all the credit unions in the U.S. except the top 7. While the lines of the graph (found here) look relatively horizontal, two takeaways are worth noting.

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Posted: Feb 19, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

10 Steps Credit Unions Should Take To Keep Member Data Safe

Taken at face value, mobile payments are considered more secure than credit cards, even more secure than EMV chip cards. Unlike chip cards, the payment credentials stored on the phone or watch are tokenized, whereas the chip card has the actual card number on the chip. Also, the phone requires an additional authentication (a fingerprint or a passcode) which the card does not require. This is the current case with Apple/Samsung/Android Pay. But there are other forms of payments both in the market and in start-ups whose focus is not on security. These start-ups are working on merchant-specific payment and loyalty apps, on-demand service apps, pay-at-the-table apps, and the vulnerability of these new forms of payments are driving increased security concerns.

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Posted: Feb 10, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

Part 2 of a 3-Part Series

This is article 2 of 3 in the series “Tokenization, Encryption, EMV, and Biometrics: The New Superheroes of Payment Fraud.” In Part 1, we reviewed tokenization, its background, and how it is now being used in mobile wallets. It is also good to gain a deeper understanding of EMV and its use of encryption to protect payment credentials. EMV is a technology and a solution designed to prevent card counterfeit fraud.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2016
Categories: Debit Cards
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Author: Lou Grilli

PINless debit has been in use for many years. It allows certain merchant categories to bill debit cards for things like utility bills and internet charges, where entering a PIN created additional security concerns.  The use of PINless debit complies with the Durbin Amendment and cuts merchant interchange rates in half. 

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